How to check firewood moisture content

It is important when using a wood burning stove that you use dry firewood. Checking firewood moisture content can be done quickly and easily with a moisture meter.

Your firewood moisture meter can help you make sure that your firewood is the right moisture content for use on your stove. Aim for a moisture content of 20% or lower and check your appliance manufacturers instructions for specific guidance for your appliance.

Checking firewood moisture content

Take a look at our handy video demonstrating how to correctly check firewood moisture content using a pin meter.

Firewood Storage

Should your firewood be above 20% it will need to be stored correctly in order for it to dry out. Check out our firewood storage video here. However you choose to store your firewood, never stack your firewood next to your stove, chances are it might ignite. There have been a number of instances where firewood stored next to a stove have ignited and resulted in fire damage to properties.


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